Deborah L. O'Mara

Freelance Writer

Deborah L. O’Mara is a journalist with more than two decades experience writing about security, life safety and systems integration, and she is the managing director of DLO Communications in Chicago. She can be reached at or 773.414.3573.

Articles by Deborah L. O'Mara

April 2015
For electrical contractors installing video surveillance and networked Internet protocol (IP) cameras, now is a great time to think outside of the proverbial box and look beyond the typical security applications of viewing and recording images of people, places and things. READ MORE
March 2015
Do you have a customer that requires additional access control at specific locations within their facility but no budget for a total rip and replace? Maybe they are concerned with hacking or data compromise. For electrical contractors (ECs) who know about on-card biometrics, this is an opportunity, not a problem. READ MORE
February 2015
Designing a command and control center or global security operations facility is not for the faint of heart or for those who resist intensive planning. It is an expensive endeavor, requiring the owner, all stakeholders and contractors to completely buy in. READ MORE
February 2015
Motion sensors are now a mainstay of intrusion detection, but, back in the day, traditional devices were obtrusive, prone to false triggering and difficult to program. It usually took two installers, and all bets were on the contractor being called back for weather or environmental disturbances in the future (including a rogue rat or lumbering pet). READ MORE
January 2015
Never before in the electronic security industry has change been so profound. As hardware and boxes moved onto the network, they have morphed into intelligent, connected products. Everything from video surveillance to access control/intrusion detection to fire systems boasts remote web accessibility. READ MORE
September 2014
It isn’t often that an electrical contractor (EC) literally goes airborne during system testing and commissioning. But that was exactly the case when Lauderdale Electric Inc., East Dundee, Ill., completed two projects for iFLY—an indoor skydiving/vertical wind-tunnel entertainment business based in Austin, Texas—owned by SkyVenture. READ MORE
January 2008
IP and integration fuels the market There’s a bright spot in the economy—security, and the burglar and fire alarm industry continues to grow, fueled by advancements in computing technology and Internet protocol (IP) devices, software, cellular and other systems and services. Funding from the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t hurt either. READ MORE
December 2007
With 40-hour-plus work weeks the norm and no signs of that trend reversing, seeing well in the office at any time of day or night is necessary to get the job done. Illumination in the office can mean a combination of different types of light, artificial and natural. READ MORE
December 2007
Contractoors who set their sights on adding sensors and detectors to their installation base will find it a wise move, one that will serve them well in the future. Occupancy sensors are a perfect example of a product whose time has come. The sensors could include passive infrared (PIR), ultrasonic or, sometimes, combination configurations. READ MORE